Thursday, July 9, 2009

VIR notes

Big Kahuna Nationals
VIR's next major event is the tenth Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals presented by Dunlop Tires and Makita, the weekend of August 14-16 on North Course. Plan now to attend the biggest event of the summer.

The Pagoda Grill serves the best trackside food around! Now featuring Espresso, Cappuccino, Caffe Latte and Caffe Mocha!

On Track
Aaron Stevenson's Cornerspeed® Schools bring "Ducati Days" to VIR's North Course for a weekend of two-wheeled fun and learning for their students. Cornerspeed events are not races, but a comprehensive rider school, providing the c hance for students to explore the capabilities of their rides under controlled conditions. The sounds of these Italian twin-cylinder bikes can't be mistaken for anything else on the track.

On South Course, Olthoff Racing and Superformance are holding a track day for replicas of the legendary Cobras. Superformance Coupes have had their race-only features revised by Peter Brock, the designer of the originals, for modern use. If you are a fan of Cobras, this is a great opportunity to see them in action on a fun course.

Spectators are welcome to attend both of these events for only $10 each. Children 15 and under are always free with a paying adult.

Go Karting!
There's always excitement at the Plantation Valley Kart Track! The track is open to the public five days a week, from Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 am to dusk (Monday-Tuesday also by appointment and nights on major weekends).


The Kart Track flashes back to 2006 prices this month. Kart rental is $30/half hour or $50/hour on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Oak Tree Tavern
The Oak Tree Tavern will be open for regular business this weekend Thursday through Sunday. The Oak Tree Tavern is now featuring a new menu as well as weekly entree specials. The Tavern also offers call ahead take out orders. Come up and join our friendly staff for a great meal.

Call today to make your reservations. For reservations call 434-822-7700 ext. 121.

Drive VIR at night
At the end of the day, come up to the Oak Tree Tavern and try out the racing simulator from, featuring 6 configurations of VIR, Laser mapped track "recording every millimeter of the surface", and a virtual world with the same physical dynamics drivers experience in the real world. iRacing runs on Wednesday and Friday at the Tavern.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Cherry Bomb 200 at Rockingham

Billy Crane, Brett Hudson Earn Poles for
Cheerwine Cherry Bomb 200 Doubleheader

Hudson to Lead Frank Kimmel’s Street Stocks to Green Flag at 10 AM.
Crane and Rest of ASA Late Model Field to Follow.

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (July 3, 2009) – Billy Crane earned his first career ASA Late Model Series pole Friday in qualifying for the Fourth of July Cheerwine Cherry Bomb 200 at Rockingham Speedway, while Brett Hudson claimed the top starting position for the Frank Kimmel's Street Stock Series portion of Saturday's doubleheader.

The 19-year-old Independence, Mo., driver posted a 24.528-second lap in a Ford Fusion on the 1-mile track,just 0.050 second faster than Hal Martin of Galliano, La., also in a Ford.

“I got a lot of help from the guys here,” says Crane, whose car is sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Mo. “The first practice I was 19th quick (with a 26.541-second lap). They said you could go full throttle through (turns) three and four. I wasn't sure, but it happened.”

Crane said he didn't get many laps on the challenging track, but he and his crew kept “tweaking” on his car.

“All the guys worked real heard (to get it done),” Crane commented. “These new setups take a lot of people and a lot of work to get these cars (to perform).”

Crane said he would need about 100 more laps like his qualifying lap if he hoped to end Saturday morning's event with a trip to victory lane.

“We are going to go out there, stay out of the wrecks, stay consistent and stay on the lead lap,” Crane said about his race strategy.

Rounding out the top five, respectively, were: A.J. Frank, Troutman, N.C., Chevrolet, 24.581 seconds; Dillion Oliver, Bowling Green, Ky., Chevrolet, 24.666; and Josh Hamner, Pelham, Ala., Ford, 24.762.

In the Frank Kimmel's Street Stock Series, Brett Hudson's Chevrolet Monte Carlo earned the top starting spot in a European qualifying session with a 29.250-second lap. For the session, the cars are seeded according to their top speed in the final practice. They are then divided into groups of five with the slowest cars first on the track.

“We came off the trailer and we're fastest in practice, and that was good enough for me,” said Hudson, from Owensboro, Ky. “We put new tires (on) to see what it would do and we picked up seven or eight tenths.

“We've just got to finish the race first – stay out of the wrecks. I've aways had a problem keeping my car together.”

Joining Hudson on the front row are: Tony Conway, Louisville, Ky., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 29.250 seconds; and Clint Watkins, Maggie Valley, N.C., Chevrolet Camaro, 29.667 seconds. The second row is comprised of: Jason Leatherwood, Waynesville, N.C., Camaro, 30.003; Joe Williamson, Sheperdville, Ky., Camaro, 30.003; and Bobby East, Dallas, Ga., Dodge Charger, 30.278. The Street Stock Series uses a three abreast starting lineup.

The 100-lap Street Stock event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the second half of the racing card – the 100-lap ASA Late Model race – starting immediately afterwards.

Tickets for the Cheerwine Cherry Bomb 200 are $10 for adults with children under 12 admitted free with the purchase of an adult ticket. Tickets will be available for purchase at the speedway office Saturday morning. For more information, please contact the Rockingham Speedway at (910) 205-8800 or visit our website at